Capacity Building & Education

IW:LEARN, UNECA Workshop Discusses GEF International Waters Projects in Africa [viewed]

16 November 2012: A workshop organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resources Network (IW:LEARN) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) recently discussed GEF International Waters (IW) projects in Africa.

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UNCCD Invites Nominations for 2013 Land for Life Award [viewed]

14 November 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited nominations for the 2013 Land for Life Award.

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Event: CBD North Pacific Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs [viewed]

This regional workshop to facilitate the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) will include one day of training on the application of EBSA criteria and a four-day workshop on, among other issues, describing EBSAs and reviewing and synthesizing relevant scientific data collected through the CBD EBSA repository system and other quality-controlled sources.  

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Event: Information Sharing Event on the CBD Nagoya Protocol on ABS [viewed]

Held immediately before the meeting of the Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples' Issues, this event will focus on the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits Arising from their Utilization and its provisions of particular relevance to indigenous and local communities.  

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ITTC Approves New Strategic Plan for ITTO, US$9 Million in Funding [viewed]

10 November 2012: The International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) convened its 48th session from 5-10 November 2012, in Yokohama, Japan. The Council announced funding of US$9 million for sustainable forest management and to support trade of sustainably harvested tropical forest resources.

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Second SOPAC Meeting Discusses Water Resources, Deep-Sea Mining [viewed]

SPC9 November 2012: The Second Meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) addressed deep-sea mineral deposit mining and management of the Pacific region's fragile freshwater resources. The meeting convened from 6-9 November 2012, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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UNEP Reports to CPR on Ecosystems Management [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2012: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner reported to the 120th Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) on UNEP's activities related to ecosystems management, among other activities.

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Event: International Day for Biological Diversity 2013 [viewed]

The theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2013 will be "Water and Biodiversity;" the theme was chosen to coincide with the UN designation of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.  

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Ministers Stress Awareness, Education to Achieve Aichi Targets [viewed]

8 November 2012: A number of ministers identified education as a key driver in achieving the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Targets for Biodiversity, on the sidelines of the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD in Hyderabad, India. These ministers highlighted biodiversity awareness-raising activities and education as critical tools for producing concrete solutions to biodiversity challenges.

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UNEP Highlights Outcomes Kenya National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy [viewed]

7 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) participated in Kenya's National Dialogue on Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy, part of Kenya's follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The dialogue discussed options for reducing deforestation in the ecosystems serving as Kenya's water towers.

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